"There is a very good chance that August 21, 2018, will forever be known as the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.|
On Tuesday afternoon in New York, Michael Cohen — Trump’s former lawyer, fixer and consigliore — pleaded guilty to a litany of criminal offenses, including bank and tax fraud. But the most troubling piece of news for President Trump is that Cohen pleaded guilty to a campaign finance law violation, in which he admitted in open court to acting “in coordination with and at the direction of” a federal candidate in ensuring the silence of porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal. Who is that federal candidate? Donald Trump.
What is perhaps most shocking about this outcome is that Cohen did not volunteer this information as part of a cooperation deal with federal prosecutors. There is, however, nothing to stop him from working with the federal government in the future in order to lighten his prison sentence, which means that the legal and political vise on the president could get even tighter."